Sonic Boom announced, but just what has Sega done to Knuckles?

Sonic Boom to encompass video games on Wii U and 3DS, a TV series, and a toy line; launching in 2014.

Sega has announced Sonic Boom, which it describes as "a new branch of the Sonic universe" encompassing a video game, new CG-animated TV series, and a range of toys. The game is launching this year for Wii U and 3DS.

Crucially, the Sonic Boom series also gives the series' characters a makeover. Sonic's got super long legs and now wears a little brown scarf, Amy's pretty much the same as ever, and Tails now sports a nifty little utility belt.

Knuckles, on the other hand, has clearly been working out. A lot. He's also grown about four feet. I wonder if his new physique has been improved by anything that would be banned in sports? Quick, somebody take a urine sample.

Sonic Boom will be the third and final game released exclusively on Nintendo platforms, after the two companies signed a deal last year. The Wii U version of the game is being produced by new developer Big Red Button Entertainment, with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time developer Sanzaru Games handling the 3DS version.

Sega says the game will feature traditional Sonic elements (speed) alongside exploration, combat, and a tethering mechanic. Sonic Boom, or at least the Wii U version, appears to be designed around 4-player cooperative play.

The television series, which follows on from after the events of the game, will run across 52 episodes of 11 minutes each, and is being co-produced by OuiDO! Productions and Sega of America. The show will air on Cartoon Network in America, and air during the 2014/2015 season.

Finally, Sega has partnered with Tomy to release an onslaught of toys: including plushies, action figures, and remote-controlled vehicles.

We spoke with a Sega producer about Sonic Boom, who said you shouldn't think of it as a Skylanders-style game because the toys don't integrate into the game like they do in Activision's title. What's more, though you'll see the same virtual worlds from the game in the TV show, don't expect the back-and-forth to be as substantial as SyFy's Defiance.

Frost also explained that the 3DS version is not a straight port of the Wii U iteration and that the game overall is similar in structure to Sonic Adventure, in that it'll feature a main hub and missions branching off that.

A trailer for the Wii U version of the game was released, which amazingly includes a chunk of Skrillex's Bangarang.

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1194 comments
vasonic
vasonic

Okay,am I the only one who thinks the old look was awesome?

Since SEGA is adapting to the "New Sonic",old SEGA fans of Sonic are not supported anymore?

I mean if they are changing the look,that means that they will stop producing "Classic" look Sonic games.

I don't like those weird characters!!! );

179107199999
179107199999

Knuckles showing that using Steroids is the way...that or he was younger than we were lead to believe and he had a growth spurt...

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

I think one of the biggest mistakes Sonic creators made was in bringing it into 3D. It's Sonic, not Rachet and Clank. Either they need to come up with a new intellectual property, find a way to better incorporate the speed, or just let the series die out already. Stop milking the cow.   

EPaul
EPaul

Knuckles needs to do more leg days 

kacithecat
kacithecat

My initial reaction was that my entire life had just been thrown away. Like everything that I learned to love with every fiber of my being was just savagely torn apart and reconstructed to make some monstrosity that slightly resembled the franchise I decided I would dedicate my life to.

But with the more looking I do, I actually feel like this might not be the case.

Maybe Sonic does need a new feel. I mean the steady recline of game quality (according to the majority of it's fan base) really begs the question, do we keep hitting the dead horse? Or do we try a new approach?

But how are we supposed to take this? Just forget everything we grew up with and completely forsake the little continuity the past 23 years gave us? Just except that this isn't the same Sonic?

I will admit this is much different in the fact that everything is really more natural. Realistic. New... Not the oversold cartoon mascot that we've come to expect. This can work to an advantage for a new approach. But not with out leaving behind what made Sonic Sonic in the first place.

I personally will support Sonic the Hedgehog through all of it's trials and tribulations. It means far too much to me for a little wardrobe change to push me away. So good Luck Sonic. You'll win in the end. You always do >;)


Loose most of the bandages and keep Sonics arms fleshy. If Amy has them, so should Sonic. That's all I ask.

GuPesci
GuPesci

His arms use to be the same color as his belly and ears..  Knuckles is big as heck now. Kinda makes each character stand out from eachother

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Sonic looks much slower in the video though. 

LiveandLedZep
LiveandLedZep

Taking Sonic out of Sonic Teams hands is the best decision SEGA have made in years! This will probably steer a bit further away from what Sonic games are normally about, but due to either bad management or straight up incompetence Sonic Team has only made maybe 3 good games in the past 13 years. Also if this trend continues, and the development of home console Sonic games is shared, then maybe the extra time given to the devs at Sonic Team will allow them to make decent games again. 10 year old fanboys can complain about buff knuckles all they like, I think this is very promising.

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol just noticed all the bandages :D


wow there are a lot ... even on the shoes :P

JoInfo
JoInfo

It's sad. Knuckles had to resort to steroids to keep up with Sonic for so many years.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Sonic should stay in Japan. 

Or if made in the west, under strict Japanese supervision (like some of those beautiful traveler's tales games).  You know how Nintendo strictly supervises Retro on the DKCR series? Do that Sega.

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2 moderator

Dammit, Sega! What don't you understand about all your past failings with Sonic games? Fans don't want these sorts of radical changes! They want a return to the original fast paced and colorful gameplay that made him so great in the 90s and early 00s.


If your new ideas with Sonic Unleashed and those weird medieval set games didn't work, changing Sonic some more isn't going to help...

bmart970
bmart970

I feel that this was an unnecessary change.

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Well, clearly the gang's shoes are falling apart with the need for all those bandages (You're doing it wrong!)

This is worrying stuff. I'm sure Knuckles' new quote will be "Do you even lift, bro?!"

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That's certainly a radical change for Knuckles. Given that so many kids shows follow the same character tropes these days, I can see why they've done it and it kind of works. It's going to take some getting used to though.

It's pretty sad that SEGA can't even develop their own games anymore, and this multi-channel project seems like a desperate attempt to catch as many fans as possible.

Nuck81
Nuck81

Sega, their games suck, so they'll start selling toys

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

So many bandages.... even on their shoes. Amy is using bandages as a belt... This is not good....

Raxyman
Raxyman

They did what they always do. Innovate, try to change something, attempt to rewrite the characters and gameplay to a better version.

And the dumb fanbase did what they always do. Complain.

bbdavo55
bbdavo55

You lost me at "tethered". If you can't make a good game in HD then go back to 16-bit, I'm sick of seeing one mediocre Sonic title after another, if you want to make a modern Sonic game, make it a 3D platformer, and for god's sake, ditch the speed, yes we all know Sonic's known for his speed, but it just doesn't work in 3D people, No more of this limited turning out of control bullshit, Sonic no longer needs SPEED, he needs TRACTION.

randompiggrenade
randompiggrenade

hmm....so why cant they stick to the comics for story structure? just saying you have most of your stories already written down on paper. not sure how I feel about the character models. Looks like they went for a renegade/fugitive look and I can see what they were trying to do with knuckles, they beefed him up to separate him from sonic to show he's about the punches, 

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Looks like Knuckles has been working out, but also seems to have been skipping leg day.

playa42018
playa42018

Sega is really going all-in with this new Sonic.... good luck to them.

sagakarikikkaru
sagakarikikkaru

I just hope this isn't another cash cow... Hopefully this will breathe some air into the franchise and bring it back to it's former status. We need another sonic adventure game. hopefully this is it.

gamerfreak77
gamerfreak77

This looks like the true next-gen Sonic game we've all been wanting, but idiots still complain over the most stupid things like character design changes, and trailer music. Ex-Naughty Dog developers with a rich gaming history, and running on the powerful CryEngine 3 @ 1080p. I'm sorry but, this as a gamer really excites me, and it can't be any worse than what Sonic Team have been doing lately. I had high hopes for Sonic Team's Lost World, and while OK it wasn't what I expected, but this really looks like a different beast altogether. Action/Adventure/Exploration like the Sonic Adventure series of old here, and I can't wait.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

Dear god, what the hell is this? Sonic Team is on crack, they seemed to be on the right track with Colors and Generations, then Lost World came out and screwed up all their momentum and now this? What happened? Please Sega, put Sonic out of his misery, this has gone on long enough............

patrickdool123
patrickdool123

hey i know that knuckles always had spikes on his well knuckles, and that they were a part of his hands right? I don't know if this is me but if you look at his right hand does it kind of look like its the spikes are attached to something to slide on and off his hands......like brass knuckles......................also wtf why is AMY here shes useless, if i was to have a 4th character to play as from the sonic series I would choose shadow................but i guess shadow and his typical brutal nature when he is against an enemy would raise the rating to an E10 and i guess they are trying to avoid that

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

I dunno, Sonic and Bangarang is all I needed to see here.

Mersinary_Myth
Mersinary_Myth

i dont mind that new look. to me every character alwayz looked like a sonic clone just different color. Knuckles is just taller if him and sonic were the same size. i doubt it would be such an issue

thecman25
thecman25

god this looks freaking stupid

immortality20
immortality20

That's some pretty terrible re-modelling. Wonder how it ever passed crowd testing.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

What have they done to Knuckles AND what's with those bandages on their shoes? WTF?

maybock3000
maybock3000

Looking forward to a new Sonic game!

matthewkenealy
matthewkenealy

What happened to Knukckles? He hit up the gym, that's what.

spuratis
spuratis

This is actually the 2nd of the 3 exclusive Wii U Sonic Games. Steve Singer, Nintendo's VP of licensing, confirmed this.

crashchaos
crashchaos

Why is Sonic wearing so many bandages on his arms? Is he injured?

joey391
joey391

@ambientblue  That intro embodies just about everything that makes sonic awesome.

megamanfan
megamanfan

@kacithecat  I agree.  I see this as no different from all the iterations of Mario that we have loved over the years.  If Mario can have a water backpack and fly in space, there no reason Sonic can't be a little different.

dom28
dom28

@LiveandLedZep Ah I see what you did there, the usual brushing off of the fans that made the series what it is, in place of "your opinion matters the most because it came out of your mouth", tactic. Gets played out after a while man, you should try something new.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Starshine_M2A2  Sonic Generations was the their best game ever! Classic awesome 2D and focused well made 3D levels.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@bbdavo55  I'm sorry, you think they should make a Sonic game that doesn't involve him running at speed?!

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

@JFERNANDEZ84  Man... I didn't even notice they had bandages on their shoes until I read your post. Now the whole thing just looks even worse.

dlewis587
dlewis587

@crashchaos  Sports tape. Something that athletes use. Other characters are wearing it to.